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王菀之專訪〔76〕


2015年8月28日 South China Morning Post‎

FINELY TUNED FRIENDS

Songstress and actress Ivana Wong is at the top of her game as she reunites with long-time musical collaborator Alex Fung for a concert with the HK Philharmonic, writes Vanessa Yung

Ivana Wong Yuen-chi is clearly on a roll as both a singer-songwriter and an actress. At her sold-out Coliseum concerts last year, the usually demure Wong impressed fans with a sexy pole dance routine, and then went on to pick up best supporting actress and best newcomer gongs at the Hong Kong Film Awards in April for her convincing turn as a mainland prostitute in Golden Chickensss (one of the four movies she appeared in last year).

Last month, she brought the house down in W Theatre’s stage musical Little Hong Kong Season 5. And on Thursday (September 3), she returns to the big screen playing an undercover police officer in Love Detective.

As if that weren’t enough, Wong will make her debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra on October 16 and 17 for a pop concert that reunites her with long-time collaborator and former classmate Alex Fung Hon-ming. Wong, 36, has grown into that rare artist who can shuttle comfortably between acting and singing and between pop, classical and other musical forms. She is as confident in front of a movie camera as she is commanding on a stage.

For the moment, Wong, whose parents are both classical singers, is more focused on preparing for her concert with the Philharmonic than charting her rise to stardom.

The singer was so thrilled when the orchestra suggested a collaboration, she said yes straight away. She quickly called Fung to see if he could join her on the project. Wong, celebrating her 10th year in show business, says she and Fung have created much of the music in her repertoire together.

Her upcoming show with the HK Phil is the first time her compositions will be performed by professional musicians in a proper setting and scale. Titled “Fragrance of Music", the concert aims to take audiences on a nostalgic journey.

“Music is therapeutic, just like flowers. Flowers bring you memories, and I believe music does the same thing," says Wong. “We’re going to divide the concert into chapters, and each is represented by a scent. The audience won’t actually smell anything, but I believe all the senses are connected in a way.

“As people listen to our music, maybe they will start to think of their precious memories that bring back certain senses or inspires feelings. There’s a storyline [underlying the programme], so we hope the audience will create imagery in their own minds as if they’re watching a movie or listening to soundtracks."

The set list hasn’t been finalised, but she promises signature tunes such as Water Lily and the song she wrote for Canto-pop veteran Jacky Cheung Hok-yau that helped launch her own career, I Am Really Hurt.

However, fans can expect new arrangements of their favourite Ivana Wong songs, Fung says.

“We’re not trying to do the generic pop music meets classical [event], where a philharmonic accompanies the vocalist. It’ll feature a mixture of the musical genres we grew up listening to, from electronic to nu metal and other edgy sounds," Fung says.

“Working with Ivana is something special. We explore music. We might disagree on some points, as music is such a personal thing, but we embrace each other’s ideas instead of compromising. Her melodies makes my arrangements shine, and my arrangements push her tunes forward musically."

The two friends describe the upcoming concert as a party in which orchestral musicians will jam with a pop band.

The pair met as 14-year-olds, when they were students at Cheung Chuk Shan College. Both joined the school choir and would often get together to sing or write music and take part inter-school music events.

They lost touch after leaving Hong Kong for further studies. Wong read economics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and Fung studied music production and engineering at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

A mutual friend who knew Fung was in the music business put them back in contact again after Wong had won a Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong songwriting competition in 2000.

“We started exchanging emails and demos. And then she came by my so-called studio, which was actually my bedroom … We started making a demo back then," Fung recalls.

“I think that was at least 10 years ago. It was fun, and she’s was really the only woman back then who was allowed to sit on my bed."

Over the past decade, Wong and Fung have worked together on more than 70 compositions, a dozen albums and two sold-out concerts at the Hong Kong Coliseum (2011 and 2014).

As a nod to her economics degree, Wong did a brief stint in a bank, but music has always been her true calling. Despite winning the songwriting contest, Wong didn’t debut as a singer until 2005, when she joined Cheung at his concert on a duet of I Am Really Hurt, which highlighted her angelic voice as well as a knack for writing ballads.

Wong got off to a great start in the mid-2000s: her eponymous debut album was a hit and, together with her second five months later, garnered her awards from Commercial Radio for singer-songwriter and newcomer.

The accolades were completely unexpected, she says. “My music has never been on the very commercial side of the market, and in the past I sometimes struggled with how to position my own music."

But an even bigger surprise is how her acting career has taken off in the past year, as Wong revealed a wonderful sense of comic timing.

“I can hardly believe it myself that I became an actress," Wong says of her recent awards for Golden Chickensss.

“I never imagined I would generate so much noise with my acting rather than my music. In the beginning, I worried whether taking comical roles would ruin my image in music. But I’ve been so touched by how people seem to love my acting.

“People do laugh a lot. It’s like I’m giving them positive energy. I feel as if I’m doing something good. So it’s all worth it. To grow as an artist, I’ve learned not to put so many boundaries on every performance. And you shouldn’t. It’s all art. It’s just in a different form … I hope audiences feel that way, too."

Wong’s first film assignment was the Cantonese dubbing on The Simpsons Movie (2007). More recently she appears as the voice of Sadness in Inside Out.

But her first acting job was on the stage in 2010, when she took a leading role in W Theatre’s musical Octave, for which she also wrote the music.

She credits the founders of Windmill Grass Theatre – Joey Leung Jo-yiu, Edmond Tong Chun-yip and Shaw Mei-kwan – for recruiting her into acting. This led to roles not only in musicals such as I Love You Because (2011), but also TV drama (Inbound Troubles, 2013) and film.

Her four movies last year – Temporary Family, Break Up 100, Delete My Love and Golden Chickensss – sealed her status as a versatile performer.

However, success as an actress has its price. While Wong used to devote all her time to music, she now splits her time between both disciplines.

“Sometimes it is disappointing to hear comments like I’m not doing music any more, I’m not focused any more or I probably don’t make good music any more," Wong says. “But just because I take longer to produce an album – every two years instead of one, for instance – that doesn’t mean I’m sacrificing the quality.

“I’m growing as a performer. And as I said, all our senses are connected. The experience I got from movies and drama also helped in my singing. Right now, when I come out on stage as a singer – I’m sure I’m very different from years ago – I have more power, projection and imagery in my head.

“I’m still more comfortable on a music stage, but I’m learning and embracing every kind of performance. Before making a movie I have to take lessons and read books to get prepared. It’s a different mentality. But that’s my style: once I’ve decided to do something, I give it my all."

ONLINE
Watch the interview with Ivana Wong and Alex Fung at scmp.com/Ivana


2015年8月31日 頭條日報

PACO名人會——葉念琛欽點做 o靚模 王菀之:乸型柏豪幾好咀!

常說演員要懂得豁出去,看王菀之便知,演戲從沒包袱,從舞台劇到電影,每次都能令觀眾有驚喜,Ivana在葉念琛監製新片《沒女神探》中,為查案扮 o靚模,啜嘴趷籮玩自拍,過程堅爆笑,她說:「我飾演智商189的警花,跟男友分手便自暴自棄,為查案被迫跟班毒男學做 o靚模,最後竟然愛上娘娘腔的周柏豪。」

葉念琛確實眼光獨到,有誰想到王菀之的喜感如此澎湃?「我一直好鍾意睇Ivana做訪問,那種妙語連珠和反應好好笑,前年拍《Delete愛人》已覺得她驚為天人,喜劇感和方法演技都好難捉摸,Ivana拍完《金雞》我便找她做女主角,《沒女神探》的劇本是為她度身訂造,一個智商189的警花為查案混入模特兒界,變成一個不用智商維生的 o靚模。」Ivana說:「屢破奇案的警花卻在愛情生活上屢遇挫折,被拍拖多年的男友傷得好深,深到我要放棄自己,變成沒女,無自信、唔做嘢,日日匿在家放棄自己,暴飲暴食,無沖涼無洗頭,成屋好亂。直至我上司蔣志光衝來我家,要我混入模特兒界做卧底查案,故事就咁開始。」

Ivana玩制服誘惑

要王菀之跑去做 o靚模,勢必要有個很合理的原因吧,葉念琛把角色設計成智商高超的警花,混入模特兒界查案,他說:「拍攝前做reserch,好想反映時下毒男、 o靚模和網上文化,我找了幾位美女BB陪Ivana做 o靚模,如連詩雅、陳嘉寶、SuperGirl的Heidi,她們都是毒男群每日追蹤的對象,另外找林盛斌(Bob)、鄭敬基、張建聲做『毒男三人組』,他們是警隊精英,包括談判專家、重案組和高科技人才,但他們是毒男,蔣志光找這幾個毒男來訓練王菀之做 o靚模,唯有毒男才知道毒男鍾意甚麼,毒男才知道他們眼中的美女、港女係點,Ivana角色反差好大,有二十多個造型,當中有好多制服,排球、女僕、校服等,簡直一流。」為求更像真,劇組找人製作 o靚模人形攬枕及紙牌,Ivana說:「好想攞返屋企,靚得來亦好惹笑。」

港女自拍竅門

有睇試片的,十有九讚王菀之演得夠放,葉念琛說:「要Ivana由一個好硬朗的警察去扮演 o靚模去拍寫真集,於是上網搵港女『自拍』竅門,好多人成日會問點解港女自拍照咁誘人,原來道理很簡單,就係諗住身體有邊部份痛,邊度痛邊度,影出來就會好迷人,又或有些女仔自拍post上instgram或facebook好多人like,亦可以話係呃like,因見好多女仔影相一定要戴大眼仔,所以戲中都有句對白『唔戴大眼仔,出嚟點溝仔?』,但係咪真係要這些包裝先叫靚?跟Ivana合作幾次,我真係好欣賞的是,她真係一roll機就代入角色,比如她一roll機就變成張家輝,唔係《激戰》張家輝,係『化骨龍』張家輝。」

Bob放盡去玩

說起周柏豪這次的突破,葉念琛說:「大家都知他是男神,最近更被稱做暖男,其實再要柏豪做靚仔無乜突破,我問他夠唔夠膽做乸型,又或會被人誤會性取向的,他即時好有興趣,我要他先做點research,幾日後埋位拍攝,他已ready,動作、手勢、神態都好似,一啲都唔係靚仔有型的周柏豪,我幾鍾意佢同Ivana一拍即合,幾有默契,觀眾會覺得過癮的,至於那場Kiss戲,係王菀之不停跟柏豪講唔使緊張。」王菀之笑說:「因為他顯示得有點緊張,又做好準備,不停搽潤唇膏,好似好趕時間咁不斷倒數,不停問拍到未,其實大家本身已認識,私下話題都離不開音樂,這次跟他拍接吻戲係唔緊張的,本身我自己都好喜歡這場戲,好幽默。」葉念琛補充說:「周柏豪不停要求多角度拍攝,不停NG。另一方面,希望觀眾會留意Bob,無論造型還是演繹,真係好爆,他是模仿一個日本毒男,地中海、著運動衫條褲抽到好高,唔知點解褲檔中間會濕左,是他主動要求的,成個造型好出位,希望觀眾入場睇,還要留到最後一刻,因我在片尾放好多NG片,希望大家可以由頭笑到尾。」

黃柏高

主持:黃柏高 統籌:林永匡
協力:彭燕燕 攝影:譚壹致
Hair:Zing Wong @ Hair Culture(王菀之)
makeup:Janice Tao @ ZING the makeup school(王菀之)

圖:王菀之(左)拍葉念琛的《沒女神探》完全沒有任何包袱,演得很放,令人看得很開心。

圖:《沒女神探》的劇本為王菀之度身訂造,讓她全無顧慮發揮。

圖:葉念琛在新片為不同演員塑造新角色特質,菀之在片中飾演IQ 189的警花。

圖:周柏豪突破自己做乸型,很有新鮮感。

圖:連詩雅與一眾演員的落力演出,令電影更有笑點。

圖:王菀之用港女自拍竅門,想像自己邊度痛便邊度擺甫士。


2015年9月1日 信報

王菀之馮翰銘 音樂初心不變

2005年加入樂壇的唱作女歌手王菀之(Ivana)入行已10年,近年她跨界至舞台劇、電視劇乃至電影,多線發展,然而她依然以音樂人來定義自己。而在音樂路上,一直有個男人陪她一起實踐各種瘋狂想法,那就是她的中學同學兼音樂監製馮翰銘(Alex)。

從中學開始,兩人就拍住上創作和表演,如今雖然面對不同環境,但總有機會走在一起創作。Ivana說:「世界從來都是痛苦和複雜的。人愈大,才愈感覺到這複雜性,而複雜的往往也是自己的心,因此要時刻檢視和refresh自己的心態,很感恩的是我們相信音樂力量的心從沒改變。」

訪問未開始,Ivana與Alex已經雞啄唔斷,商量這商量那,交換許多旁人無法理解的想法與暗語。說到自己入行10年,Ivana總結:「作品中有99.99%都是與Alex一起做的。」這些年Ivana作了多種嘗試,歌唱事業屢獲肯定,演藝上也有良好發展,電視劇的角色深入民心,2014年首次參演電影《金雞sss》便奪得香港電影金像獎最佳新演員及最佳女配角兩個獎項,其收放自如的演技備受肯定。但她笑言:「但心態上和體重上我都好像沒有大改變。」

而Alex也成為了爸爸和知名監製,屢為天皇天后如陳奕迅、陳慧琳和李克勤等監製唱片,他總結10年來的變化:「我們兩個都無可能不成熟,但我們兩個對音樂依然很有火,想成就一些從前未做過的事,在藝術造詣上想不斷推自己走得更前。很開心身邊這個夥伴可如此跟我一起走。」Ivana補充:「成長其實是要克服很多困難的。我也很感恩,我們愛音樂和相信音樂的心打得很深。雖然做pop些還是藝術些也有掙札,但最核心的是,我們仍很享受音樂。」

怪誕二人組

雖然創作的是流行歌,但兩人的作品總讓聽眾有另類之感。Ivana自嘲道:「因為我們試過走commercial唔work。」Alex也慨嘆:「我們兩個走在一起,真的別人笑我太瘋癲。」

Ivana形容,中學時兩人已是「怪誕二人組」。Alex回顧:「我中二認識她,中三四開始,老師叫我們自己搞個programme,手上有部小小的電子合成器,就開始編曲,兩人一彈一唱,合作模式與現在一樣,學校表演與紅館表演沒有大分別,只是大家都行前了一百步。」

合作多年,兩人很多看法一致。旁人覺得他們想法怪異,然而他們卻完全能理解彼此思路,按Ivana的話是「很享受對方思維的詭異」。兩人的性格都隨和,合作多年仍維持深厚感情。Alex說:「但我們都是超級有意見的人,在藝術上有兩個如此主觀的人走在一起,也沒有吵架,其實很不錯。我覺得她寫的旋律感染力的確比我大,有些位自己未夠肯定,就會選擇去相信(對方)。」Ivana總結:「我們只有很認真和很享受的時刻,沒有爭吵的時刻。」Alex回應:「我們兩個都很集中思考藝術形式如何可以向前走,只是想它更好,而非讓它變得更屬於自己。」

音樂忠誠度

然而若要在音樂藝術上不斷求新求突破,在主流音樂工業中未必有生存空間。兩人加入樂壇多年,心態也有所轉變。從前Ivana總是從自己出發思考整個音樂環境,如今則從現有環境思考自己音樂的位置。「嘗試去聽更多流行音樂及用digital的世界去聽歌,喜歡音樂的人總追求靚聲,總愛追求原音和質感,感受當中的活力與人性,如今卻全被壓縮成電腦聲,因此要花很長時間才能理解,為何音樂非要在電腦聆聽不可,我也學習去適應。」

「你不去適應,就會一直自我封閉,但適應的同時也要堅持和相信自己的擺位,這是漫長的學習過程。音樂數碼化,無人買碟,這些是既存的事實,在這環境下才能測試自己對音樂的忠誠度。」Ivana說。

作為音樂監製,Alex要顧慮的東西更多。「我的工作崗位不容許我太自私地玩音樂,而是扶助歌手做他們喜愛的音樂,或是幫不同公司去達成他們想歌手達到的目標,音樂有時變成了輔助其他方面發展的副產品。流行音樂也是商品,因此我想的絕對要比歌手更完善,幫歌手去獲得他們想要的快樂甚或是名利,我也經常會癲咗,因我是個很着緊聲音質量的人,我的工作則經常鬧醒我,這些東西對現在來說未必最重要,音樂本質未必是流行音樂中最重要的。每天醒來都要面對這樣的掙札,但我很感恩在這個環境下仍能全職做這件事,也能有機會盡力嘗試去協調。」

因此兩人合作時總想有不同嘗試。Alex說:「我們會更珍惜屬於音樂的一塊。」

外人看兩人所走的路,會覺得算順遂,Ivana搖搖頭說:「我會形容我們只是到了一個中途站,但走來的路並非一條直線,而是曲曲彎彎的。」Alex認同:「你可以說是順暢,因為有人和你一起走,也可以是很不順暢,其實很不達標的。」

另一個傻人

流行樂壇有不少現實考慮,兩人如何堅持愛音樂的心?Alex笑言:「當我們見到彼此依然死牛一面頸地做自己喜歡的音樂,已是最大的提點。原來還有一個傻仔和自己一樣。」尋找同道中人,是保持音樂熱情的最佳方法。「我們有太多一起蠢、一起萌塞、一起固執的時候,我覺得一起固執是走下去很大的動力。」

Ivana則說:「每次我面對掙扎時,都會跟自己說,創意的世界太精采,也太重要。當藝術不見了,人就會覺得空虛。人生太短,我沒有時間去正常。」Alex補充:「I can just say we will have fun.」

最近兩人首度與港樂合作舉行「王菀之作品賞」音樂會(10月16至17日),特別的是歌曲並非一首接一首地唱,而是用新的編曲把多首歌曲交錯呈現,「那是平時演唱會聽不到的版本,卻是一個完整的音樂旅程。」Alex補充:「我們一起做的音樂在許多人眼中都不算『流行』。因此我們沒有『飲歌』的包袱。」

他希望這次演出集中於音樂的感覺,呈現一個高低起伏的故事。Ivana解釋:「這次選曲最不同的是,任何的可能性都有機會,我們的創作世界也如此。我們不一定要框死在原曲中,或許《月亮說》前奏可用《我來自火星》。」Alex接口說:「也可用巴哈《安魂曲》的元素放進《小團圓》,我們可在音樂中體驗無限可能。」

Alex認為,這次音樂會呈現的畫面感會比以前強。「大家不只聽音樂,而是聽聲音,日常生活中的聲音都有機會被演奏出來。」Ivana附和:「就如電影配樂,有起承轉合,有很多氛圍,讓你自行創造一個畫面與世界,這是音樂會最想做的事。」她相信,這個聲音旅程會比平常更豐富精采。

作為入行10年的演唱會,Alex認為演出不需回顧什麼:「這個音樂旅程不一定要順時序,也不一定要有始有終。」Ivana續說:「我們相信音樂的力量多於言語。」

對於未來,他們有什麼話要跟對方說?Ivana提點Alex要快些定好期限不要再拖。Alex認真想了想,深情地對她說:「就算你的公司、父母或你將來的另一半介意,我從來都無介意過你肥。」Ivana無奈一笑:「他很怕我減肥後會表現得不好。要我有充裕的營養在最佳狀態下表演。」Alex笑着再次強調:「最佳的體重比例是很重要的!」

撰文:張綺霞  攝影:陳縱宇
部分圖片由受訪者提供  ellacheung@hkej.com

王菀之
髮型:Kate Shek @ Hair Culture
化妝:Janice Tao @ ZING the makeup school
服裝:Y’s @ I.T

馮翰銘
髮型:Niki Lee @ Headquarters
化妝:Kristy @ Facedesign

圖:Ivana與好友兼音樂監製Alex從中學開始,就經常拍住上創作和表演。

圖:Ivana形容兩人是「怪誕二人組」,一起彈唱的合作模式一直延續至今。

圖:入行十年,Ivana總結自己作品中絕大部分都是與Alex一起做。

圖:流行樂壇有不少現實考慮,他們看到彼此仍為所相信的堅持,就感到鼓勵。


2015年9月1日 明報

王菀之蔣志光相逢鬥爆笑 踢走歌手包袱

【明報專訊】王菀之憑《金雞sss》在奪得香港電影金像獎「最佳女配角」及「最佳新演員」獎後,躍升為女主角,和熒幕《老表,你好Hea!》拍檔蔣志光合演《沒女神探》。王菀之坦言導演葉念琛看了他們在電視上的演出,覺得好過癮,便找他們在電影上再合作。

蔣志光投入演烏龍警司

蔣志光大讚王菀之充滿喜劇細胞,他說:「演喜劇要timing準、反應快、變化要大,她全部都有。《金雞sss》看到她放下歌手包袱,這方面做演員是很重要的。」問蔣志光是否早已放下歌手包袱?他哈哈大笑承認,指拍電視劇多年,早已放下歌手包袱,要不然怎投入演不同角色?

王菀之扮 o靚模不賣性感

在《沒女神探》戲中,蔣志光演烏龍警司,是智商高、學歷高的王菀之上司,經常委派不可能的任務給她,如要王菀之化身 o靚模,混入 o靚模堆。問王菀之要扮 o靚模,可有說服力?王菀之坦言自己做 o靚模沒說服力,她笑說:「無計,我條件不是特別好,但都要頂硬上。雖然 o靚模出位又大膽,但戲中我不用性感露事業線,而且好密實,件衫封到鎖骨以上,領高裙短,不是賣性感,是賣喜劇感。最難處理反而是學 o靚模擺甫士,真實的我是不識擺甫士的。」

與周柏豪咀嘴無感覺

戲中王菀之和周柏豪有一場咀嘴戲,她指由於是搞笑,不浪漫的,所以完全沒感覺,亦不尷尬。事前有否先溝通?她說:「大家先刷牙,私底下我和柏豪好熟,反而不尷尬 。今次不是我銀幕初吻,《金雞》都有咀戲。」

談到戲名「沒女」,王菀之反問沒女定義是什麼?是否沒愛情、沒事業、沒自信和沒希望?蔣志光搭嘴說:「還有沒男人要。」現實生活,她有否想過會變成沒女?她從來沒這樣想過,因為她覺得無論怎樣都要有自信,這是自愛的表現,先愛惜自己,別人才愛惜你。覺得自己一定嫁得出?她說:「不知道,沒想過這問題。不過,很多東西都可以自己去爭取,包括幸福和自我修養等,做人要正面一點。」

首次擔正女主角 有少少緊張

可希望憑《沒女神探》再戰金像獎,兼「升呢」角逐最佳女主角?王菀之表示沒想到那麼遠,目前只想上映時,觀眾的反應如何?會否喜歡?畢竟該片是她首部擔正演出的電影,總有少少緊張!

「沒女」做卧底緝兇

《沒女神探》故事大綱:神探阿寶(王菀之飾)是智商、學歷皆高的警隊之花,又擅長詠春、跆拳道和空手道,是警隊明日之星。但一天,與阿寶拍拖7年的男友戀上一個𡃁模而導致分手收場。失戀的阿寶頓成為沒男友、沒自尊、沒目標的「沒女」!

一年後男友神秘遇襲,烏龍警司(蔣志光飾)派阿寶混入一隊𡃁模組合「Yogurt」中,誓要緝拿真兇,過程中,阿寶受到經理人公司老闆的兒子成大志(周柏豪飾)對她展開追求,彼此性格更是心靈相通。但事情急轉直下,「Yogurt」團員逐一遇襲,阿寶驚覺事情並不如想像般簡單……

場地:Coffee Pro

王菀之
化妝:Janice Tao @ ZING the makeup school
服裝:SKULLUMINOUS
髮型:Tim Lee @ Hair Culture
記者:柯美
攝影:林祖傑

圖:蔣志光與王菀之皆是歌手出身,兩人拍戲時都將歌手包袱拋開,完全投入角色中。(攝影:林祖傑)

圖:蔣志光瞓在櫈上扮超人飛,十足大細路。(攝影:林祖傑)

圖:蔣志光大讚王菀之演戲timing準、反應又快,充滿喜劇細胞。(攝影:林祖傑)

圖:王菀之戲中有不少趣怪造型,但不用性感露事業線,笑言不賣性感賣喜劇感。(劇照)

圖:王菀之(右二)在戲中變身𡃁模,加入組合「Yogurt」做卧底神探。(劇照)


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